WENY seeking to resolve negotiation with DirecTV
Lilly Broadcasting, parent of WENY, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DirecTV after reaching an impasse, resulting in WENY potentially not being carried by DirecTV.
We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local station, WENY, if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.
If DIRECTV stops providing your local channels you can still receive our news and programming through these other channels:
• Over-the-air with an antenna
• Other satellite providers
• Cable systems all through our area
• Our news is always available online through our Apple and Android apps and Web site (WENY.com).
Every employee of our TV station lives here with you - we all give time, effort and money towards bettering our town. Each of us feels terrible we have no control over DIRECTV's decision to remove local channels from a service you pay for.
The Lilly Broadcasting negotiating team has been ready and available around-the-clock to engage in substantive negotiations with DirecTV—in hopes of concluding a fair agreement that reflects the current marketplace.
We recognize viewers will be upset, and we share your frustration.
Since 2015, DIRECTV has been involved in nearly 60% of all carriage disputes with broadcasters—by far the largest amount of any pay TV operator. In fact, DIRECTV has refused to carry one or more broadcasters nearly every week since this past Christmas.
In the end, DIRECTV’s tactics will hurt their subscribers and you—our viewers. DIRECTV is making subscribers pay for programming they are not receiving. That just isn’t fair.
While DIRECTV may stop carrying WENY, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WENY for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators. Additionally, we believe DIRECTV should offer refunds or credits to DIRECTV subscribers who are not receiving WENY. We recommend that subscribers contact DirecTV customer service to ask about a refund or a credit at 1-877-710-6331.
We hope DirecTV shares our sense of urgency in keeping WENY on for its subscribers. We appreciate the patience and support of viewers such as you, and we will continue to work diligently to reach a fair agreement that reflects the value of our stations in the current market place.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
You can also determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Lilly Broadcasting television stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
Finally, to contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unfair tactics and unreasonable demands, please call DirecTV customer service at 1-877-710-6331.
PA Polls Open For Primary Election
TOWANDA (WENY) -- Pennsylvania residents took to the polls today to vote in the Gubernatorial Primary Election.
The Democratic Ticket is full this year with four candidates campaigning to oppose current Republican Governor Tom Corbett.
Today is a very special election day for rural Pennsylvania. On the Democratic ticket for Lieutenant Governor is Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith.
"What Mark did, by stepping out from rural pennsylvania and stepping out for a state wide race is just hard," said Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko.
Commissioner McLinko says he and Commissioner Smith have different political views but he commends him for running.
This is the first time in decades that someone from a rural area in the state will run on a ticket with candidates from big cities like Philadelphia and Harrisburg.
"I'm pretty proud on how hard he worked, even though we differ on views," says McLinko. "He's done rural Pennsylvania and Bradford County proud."
Bradford County Election Bureau expects about 20% of the 40,000 registered voters to vote today.
Voters showed up to the polls to choose which candidate they believe is the best to challenge incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett who is seeking a second term.
They want this election to bring major changes to their communities.
"Lower taxes, put some more money into our schools," said Beatrice Elliott, Bradford County voter. "Education is a high priority for our up and coming people."
Polls close throughour Pennsylvania at 8PM.
Tonight at 11, WENY News Washington Bureau will be reporting from Tom Wolf's campaign Headquarters in York County.
And we'll have the results of the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial primary elections.